Oculoplastic surgery includes procedures that deal with the eye socket, eyelids, tear ducts and face. It combines ophthalmology with plastic and reconstructive surgery to improve a patient’s vision. It is performed on children and adults to correct or treat disorders, both common and rare, including droopy eyelids, tear duct obstructions, eye socket fractures and tumor in and around the eyes.
Most oculoplastic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Post-operative care will depend on the specific procedure performed, but typically patients should take it easy with minimal activity the first few days. Most patients will fully recover and resume normal activities within one to two weeks.
Dr. Timothy Minton performs oculoplastic surgery here in Brookings. Hear the unique point at which he chose this specialty and more about it in this video.
Aurora City Councilor Allen Pace talk about his same-day vision surgery with Dr. Minton.
Types of Oculoplastic Procedures:
- Upper lids:
- Eyelift to remove excess skin or fat
- Droopy eyelid repairs
- Retraction repair when the eyelid pulls away from the eyeball
- Lower lids:
- Repairs for when the lower eyelid turns outward or folds inward
- Tear duct system evaluations
- Cuts to the eyelid caused by trauma
- Reconstruction for skin cancer removed by the eye
- Eye removal
- Cosmetic Botox and Eyelifts
Interested in oculoplastic surgery? Call Yorkshire Eye Clinic at (605) 692-7315 or (800) 477-2954 for a consultation.